Number 5 Will Definitely Surprise You!
Alaska has some of the most amazing and desolate landscapes in North America. The biggest problem that most people face when they attempt to visit is their dependency on technology! Ever since the 2000s, people have been easily able to navigate by using GPS. But what would happen if your GPS died? You would have no idea where you are!
Now if you have that problem and you’re in the city, it’s not too dangerous of a situation. You’d be able to at least ask for directions to get to where you wanted to go, or at least go find some batteries to charge your GPS. But if you’re out in the wilderness, you had better have brought a backup navigational tool to get you to where you want to go.
Alaska is covered in some of the most scenic and remote landscapes in the world. Consider visiting any one of these spectacular spots on your next Alaskan adventure!
Denali National Park is 6 million acres of wilderness with hardly a paved road going through it. Denali is an amazing park due to its absolutely stunning beauty, which is crowned by North America’s tallest peak, Mt. Denali.
With 10 miles of trail through the park and 700 miles of coastline to explore by kayak and boat, you’ll definitely want to make sure you know how to get around here! Glacier Bay National Park is home to some pretty diverse wildlife, ranging from Humpback whales to Arctic Terns all throughout its 3 million acres.
Have you ever seen one of those Discovery Channel specials about the salmon run in Alaska? The ones where all of the bears gather at the top of a small waterfall and try their best to catch some dinner, as literally hundreds of fish try to jump up the waterfall? Ever want to see it in person? If so, you can’t miss Katmai National Park!
Katmai is home to thousands of Brown Bears, which makes this a can’t miss destination in Alaska. Make sure to bring bear spray along with your compass, because the only thing worse than being lost is being lost in bear country!
This magnificent park offers visitors the opportunity to view 40 different glaciers! Exit Glacier is the only glacier that is accessible by road, however. So to get to the others, you’ll need to be sure to bring your GPS as well as a map and compass!
The Gates of the Arctic National Park is the absolute most desolate wilderness park on this list. At 8.4 million acres, not a single developed road or trail is cut through this pristine wilderness. Hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing, and just about anything else you can think of can be found here. Just be sure that you know how to get around so that you can keep coming back!
Now that you Know
Alaska is a fantastic place to visit. National parks offer some of the best opportunities to witness how the land looked before the development of modern cities. Be sure to bring along your GPS and a map and compass to make sure that you get to visit all 5! If you’re unsure of how to best use your compass, start by learning the terminology of compass use and consider learning some of the basics on how to best use a compass before signing up for a class.
If you’d prefer to travel Alaska without having to depend on your own navigational know-how, perhaps an Alaskan cruise would be more enjoyable. Whether you decide to navigate the Alaskan wilderness yourself or take in its beauty from the comfort of a cruise ship, you’ll be sure to enjoy all Alaska has to offer!